Malaysian Politician: Ban GTA5, Just Like The British and Americans
from the wait,-what? dept
By now, I think everyone agrees that politicians lie. Sometimes they lie about spying on us as we take selfies with our camera phone, sometimes they lie in court, and it seems like sometimes they lie just for the fun of it. Many people talk about how awful it is that politicians lie. They think that politicians need to lie less. I disagree. I think that our best hope is to elect politicians so completely full of shit that their BS is instantly recognizable as such, which means we actually know the opposite is the truth. It’s sort of a governance by photographic negative philosophy.
But what would such a politician look like, you ask? Well, probably a great deal like Malaysia’s Reezal Merican (‘Merican!) Bin Naina Merican (totally ‘Merican!). See, Reezal doesn’t like video games all that much, primarily because he thinks they are anti-Islam, and he’s currently advocating banning Grand Theft Auto 5 (of course). Fortunately for him, he has some international partners in this ban. Namely the UK and his namesake, ‘Merica.
In Malaysia, a member of Parliament named Reezal Merican Bin Naina Merican is asking his government to ban Grand Theft Auto V due to violence. His rationale is that the United States and the United Kingdom have already banned the game. They have? Oh really?
Confused? Me too, because just last night I was happily playing GTA5 while coincidentally shouting “‘Merica!” with each and every gunshot fired from my avatar. I thought perhaps I was playing a banned game, which actually only made me revel in its glory all the more, but then I remembered that Reezal is a politician. One, I might add, who seems to be putting my super-liar government philosophy into practice.
Because, of course, GTA5 certainly isn’t banned in the UK or ‘Merica, something which I’d guess Reezal knows full well. But if you’re going to lie, I say go big. At worst you’ll get called out on it, but at best we all get to have a laugh and at least one politician becomes infinitely more transparent through the power of bullshit.